REPORT: IDF kills Palestinian & 3 wounded when throwing molotov cocktails at soldiers


• IDF reports soldiers responded with gunfire as Palestinians threw molotov cocktails at security forces.
• Palestinians report one teenager killed by gunfire, 3 others seriously wounded during skirmish with IDF soldiers.

By i24NEWS – AFP


Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager Thursday in the West Bank and seriously wounded three other Palestinians, the Palestinian health ministry said in a statement.

It did not give the circumstances, but said the shooting happened near the Jelazoun Palestinian refugee camp.

A general view taken on December 28, 2016 shows a partial view of the Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev near the West Bank city of Ramallah – Photo: AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP

An Israeli army spokeswoman said soldiers shot a number of Palestinians throwing petrol bombs at Beit El settlement, close to Jelazoun, but she could not confirm the death.

“The suspects hurled firebombs towards the community,” and soldiers fired in response, she said. “Hits were confirmed.”

Palestinian health officials named the dead youngster as Mahmud Hattab, 16.

A wave of violence that broke out in October 2015 has claimed the lives of 257 Palestinians, 40 Israelis, two Americans, one Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese national, according to an AFP count.

Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities. Others died during protests, clashes or in Israeli air raids on the Gaza Strip.

Violence has greatly subsided in recent months, despite sporadic attacks, but the head of Israel’s Shin Bet internal security service warned this week against complacency.



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